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Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington DC | Elite Prosthetic Dentistry

“Simply Radiant, Simply Natural” Handcrafted Dental Crowns, Veneers, and Inlays

At Elite Prosthetic Dentistry, we take great pride in having made a difference to thousands of patients for over 35 years. Our goal: make it radiant, make it natural.

In this digital era where stamped-out, milled crowns and veneers are routinely developed from virtual libraries in software programs, we take pride in hand-crafting all of our crowns and veneers in our in-house dental laboratory. We develop your restoration using custom anatomic form to match your natural tooth shape or blend with your facial pattern. Additionally, we provide custom, internal shading (rather than just surface staining) to integrate with your coloring, followed by an overlay of specific translucent enamel porcelains to replicate the 3-Dimensional feel of a natural tooth.

As a result, we consistently provide dental crowns and dental veneers that have a great look with an unsurpassed fit that lasts over thirty-five years (3-4X the national average).

If you are seeking a specialist for your cosmetic and implant restorations, only a prosthodontist like Dr. Marlin has the specialty training for these and other restorative areas of dentistry. 

To experience our level of unsurpassed quality for yourself, contact Dr. Gerald Marlin at Elite Prosthetic Dentistry today online or call us at 202-244-2101. We transform the smiles of patients from across the country and abroad, including those coming from Washington DC, Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Northern Virginia.

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

The term cosmetic dentistry refers to the skillful combination of art and science to improve the attractiveness and functionality of your smile. Even minor cosmetic dental treatments can make a significant difference in your smile and dramatically improve the way you look and feel about yourself.

As your cosmetic dentistry specialist, Dr. Marlin and his laboratory technician work closely together, applying individualized anatomic form, coloration, and translucency to your crowns or veneers to achieve the most sparkling results.

Since the cause and extent of dental problems are unique to each patient, Dr. Marlin, your cosmetic dentistry specialist, will conduct a thorough oral exam and carefully explain each of your treatment options. Honest, straightforward communication is a cornerstone of our approach. By helping you understand your condition and options, you are empowered to make well-informed decisions about your own treatment plan.

If you want to positively affect the appearance of your smile, Dr. Marlin and his skilled team can address a variety of dental issues, such as:

  • missing, gapped, or cracked teeth
  • misshaped or crooked teeth
  • discolored or stained teeth
  • a gummy smile
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What to Consider When Choosing Dr. Marlin and his Team for your Cosmetic Dentistry:

As one of the top prosthodontists in the Washington DC area, Dr. Marlin will deliver the natural elegance of a dazzling, vibrant smile that will boost your self-confidence in social and professional settings.

Dr. Marlin is a nationally renowned implant and cosmetic dentistry specialist. Other dental specialists and general dentists often refer their patients to Dr. Marlin because of the quality of his work.

We first listen to the nature of your problems and aesthetic goals before making our recommendations to you.

(Japanese master ceramist) in the ‘80s to learn his “Anatomic Shading Technique” (custom internal coloration) used to create the most vibrant, 3-dimensional crowns.

Trained in the “Anatomic Shading Technique,” works directly with you.

A reputation for delivering stunning results (see our Gallery).

Our custom, high-quality work is second to none. Our patients have loved their results for years and even decades after that.

We don’t rest until your teeth and smile have the makeover, function, and overall appearance that you want and deserve.

Dr. Gerald Marlin

Simply Radiant, Simply Natural

Dr. Gerald Marlin is a leading specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. One of the only prosthodontists with an on-site lab, Dr. Marlin has been voted “Top Dentist” by his peers for more than 20 years in a row in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual “Best Dentist” survey, and is considered the most experienced prosthodontist in the D.C. area.

Our Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures

The natural elegance of your smile encompasses more than just the appearance of your teeth. It involves the contours and structure of your entire face, and your new crowns and veneers must complement them while being vibrant. You will receive newfound confidence when smiling and interacting with others.

We offer a variety of cosmetic dental solutions to help you achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve, including:

Smile Makeover

smile makeover is a combination of customized procedures designed to comprehensively improve the appearance of your whole smile. It’s important to remember that cosmetic dentistry is not solely focused on aesthetics. Many procedures correct more than just cosmetic flaws; they also

  • remove defective restorations frequently with recurrent decay 
  • strengthen your bite
  • restore your oral health 
  • enhance your overall well-being
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Rejuvenating Severely Mottled, Discolored Teeth
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Porcelain Veneers

Dental veneers are thin, customized shells of ceramic material that are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to conceal a wide range of cosmetic imperfections. They are typically used to reshape misshapen, gapped, or malpositioned teeth. Porcelain veneers need to have translucency for them to appear natural.

For that reason, Dr. Marlin will not recommend dental veneers if your teeth are severely discolored. If the underlying teeth are too dark, the veneers will appear “fake” as the technician uses white opaque to mask the underlying tooth’s dark color. Furthermore, veneers should never be used on anterior teeth with large fillings, as they will need to be redone when the underlying fillings break down with possible decay.

Porcelain crowns

When conditions preclude the use of veneers, Dr. Marlin will recommend crowns as the “tried and proven,” preferred therapy. Hand-crafted by our talented laboratory technician, dental crowns provide the ideal shape, color, and translucency of natural teeth—no matter what the color or shape of your underlying tooth. 

Contact us today to learn how Dr. Marlin’s custom dental crowns can give you the radiant natural smile you’ve always wanted.

Teeth Whitening as an Art

A dazzling, white smile can give you a healthy, vibrant appearance and boost your self-confidence in social and professional settings. Our professional chairside teeth whitening services can be an affordable solution to revamping your smile.

Rather than using “bleaching trays,” we control the whitening of multiple teeth having different colorations to create a uniform, sparkling appearance and, most importantly, to prevent a critical loss of translucency from “over whitening.” Opaque, over-whitened teeth appear “fake,” especially with a tanned or darker complexion.

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Implant-Generated Mouth Reconstruction

Dental implants

Allowing missing teeth to go untreated can jeopardize your health and appearance. Dental implants are the gold standard of tooth replacement options, and Dr. Marlin is one of the most respected and renowned implant specialists in the nation. Visit our dental implants page for examples and more information about your options.

Dr. Marlin works diligently to create world-class smiles without ever sacrificing the functionality and health of your teeth and gums. If you live in the Washington DC area, including Maryland and Northern Virginia, please call us at 202-244-2101 to begin the journey toward your perfect smile.

Gum Contouring

If you suffer from a “gummy smile,” Dr. Marlin can help you achieve the ideal gum contours you desire and create a naturally beautiful smile.

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Our Rapid Emergency Care when You Break a Front Tooth

When you break a tooth, you need immediate attention! Since we have our own in-house lab, we have the capability to rapidly respond and re-establish your aesthetics and function. 

When Michael fell and broke his front teeth over the weekend, we brought him in, took records, fabricated temporary crowns overnight, and, with the accommodation of one of our patients, he had an immediate smile makeover the next day. Four months later, after everything healed, he was entirely rejuvenated.

Emergency Care when You Break a Front Tooth
Emergency Care when You Break a Front Tooth

Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

We recognize that choosing the “right” cosmetic and implant dentist can be quite confusing. To help with this critical decision, Dr. Marlin authored the “Patient’s Guide to Implant, Cosmetic, and Restorative Dentistry” to help you understand the issues and make an informed decision regarding your dental care. Please order your free copy.

Our Commitment to You

As a valued patient at our practice, you will receive exceptional, personalized treatment planning tailored to your unique goals and expectations. Honest communication is at the core of our approach to patient care. By listening to you first, we can better understand your concerns and cosmetic dentistry goals from your own perspective. This is followed by a comprehensive oral evaluation that helps us better understand the state of your oral health and all the treatment options available to you.

Your health, well-being, and satisfaction are at the center of every decision we make. Providing unsurpassed quality and making a positive difference in the lives of our patients has always been the guiding principles of our practice. Having spent decades at the forefront of prosthetic and cosmetic dentistry, Dr. Marlin and our talented team possess the skill and experience necessary to deliver unparalleled results in an open, honest, and compassionate atmosphere. We will never take shortcuts or compromise on quality or safety. This is our commitment to you.

How Much Does Cosmetic Dentistry Cost in Washington DC?

We believe that exceptional dental care never involves a one-size-fits-all approach to treatment planning. Therefore, the cost of your cosmetic dental treatment will vary from other patients, depending on your unique goals and the extent of work needed to achieve your ideal smile. During your initial consultation with Dr. Marlin, he will recommend the procedure or combination of treatments to best help you achieve your desired outcome. He will also explain any appropriate treatment options and alternatives that may fit your budget and lifestyle better.

Cost should never stand between you and the premium care you deserve. Our friendly team will happily discuss your payment and financing options.

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Schedule Your Cosmetic Dental Consultation Today

If you are ready to achieve the vibrant, gorgeous smile of your dreams, contact Elite Prosthetic Dentistry today by completing the form on this page or calling 202-244-2101 to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Gerald Marlin. Our state-of-the-art office in D.C. welcomes patients from every corner of the nation, including Bethesda and Arlington.

Cosmetic Dentistry in Washington DC- FAQS

Cosmetic dentistry is dental treatment that improves the beauty and health of one’s smile. Nearly every dental procedure has two elements: Aesthetics and function. A quality professional takes both of these elements into consideration so that one may rest assured they will not only look great, but enjoy hassle free long-term results.

We offer a wide variety of services and treatments to help improve the aesthetics of your smile. From cosmetic veneers to help create a uniform appearance to dental implants that can help replace missing or damaged teeth, we invite you to take a look at our smile makeover section to see how we have helped previous patients and how we can help you. Your smile says a lot about you – make sure it says all of the right things.

We understand that our patients have different financial situations, and to help ensure that each patient can afford the dental care he or she needs, we provide several flexible payment options to work within your budget. Whether considering dental implant or cosmetic dentistry treatments, we encourage you to call our office and a member of our team will be glad to explain each option, in detail, and to help to determine which option is best suited for you.

Porcelain veneers, also referred to as porcelain laminates, are thin “shell-like” pieces of porcelain that are bonded to the front of the teeth in order to change tooth shape or color. They are a quick, easy, and effective means of creating a more uniform smile.

Technological advancements in the world of cosmetic dentistry have helped transform the field in many ways. Elite Prosthetic Dentistry always stays up to date on the latest and greatest in prosthodontics, allowing us to obtain only the finest technologies for our patients. Our advanced technology helps us to provide you with a high quality restoration, which also gives you a more natural appearance, ultimately helping you to look and feel your best.

Our in-house laboratory technician is highly trained in tooth morphology and anatomy, framework design, and aesthetics. With his expertise, he will precisely craft your dental restoration. In addition, our laboratory technician is on the premises and we can consult with him throughout your therapy to ensure the proper fit, esthetic match, and provide custom fit adjustments. There is no substitute for the custom work provided by a technician working chairside with the patient.

Fixing a “gummy” smile can be treated a multitude of ways, including lengthening crowns to create a “longer” appearance of the teeth as well as raising the gingival (gum) tissue up. See our portfolio example of “fixing the gummy smile” to see the possibilities with correcting that smile.

In some instances, braces are the best method for straightening teeth. However, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for those looking to do more than simply straighten their smile by simultaneously getting your individual teeth to look better as fillings are replaced and discolorations are eliminated, as well. If you are in search of an option that will straighten your teeth while enhancing shape and color, porcelain veneers are an excellent option for saving time and money.